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Bills DE Mario Williams fails in bid to mediate with former fiance over ring dispute


FILE - In this March 15, 2012 photo, Buffalo Bills' Mario Williams poses for a photo with his fiancee Erin Marzouki smile after an NFL football news conference in Orchard Park, N.Y. Here's one thing that can happen when love goes bad: Bills defensive end Mario Williams is suing his ex-fiancee, demanding she return a $785,000 diamond engagement ring. In response, Marzouki has filed a countersuit, calling Williams' demands "ridiculous." (AP Photo/David Duprey, File) (The Associated Press)

An initial attempt to settle a lawsuit between Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams and his former fiancee over the possession of a $785,000 diamond engagement ring has failed.

Erin Marzouki's attorney, Tony Buzbee, said in an email that a court-encouraged effort to mediate the dispute was unsuccessful Friday in Houston.

Buzbee also released a series of text messages he says were between his client and Williams, which indicate how despondent the player was over their breakup in November.

The exchange, which Buzbee says he copied off his client's phone, include Williams writing: "No money in the world should leave me with suicidal thoughts."

Messages left with Williams and his attorney weren't returned.

Williams sued Marzouki, demanding she return the ring because she broke off the engagement.

Marzouki counter-sued, accusing Williams of the break up.